wild storeEver since I started seeking out organic farm produce a couple of years back (pretty much when I started Mother City Living, in fact), I’ve become more and more interested in where that food comes from.

Somehow, organic farming doesn’t seem quite as faceless as commercial, mass-scale cultivation does.

And I’ve become curious about who’s creating the food I’m eating, where they’re doing it, and why they chose to do so.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve tried to grow my own organic veggies and it hasn’t always been a boastful success (very rarely, in fact – I guess I need some lessons!), so I wonder how on earth they get it right.

Whatever the curiosity stems from, it’s why I joined Cape Town’s first (I think?) CSA scheme – which offers regular farm visits to all members as part of the experience – and it’s why I’m hoping to go to the Wild Trading Store this weekend for their first ‘Meet the Farmer’ Saturday:

On Saturday 7th February, Christine Stevens, a regular Wild produce supplier and author of Harvest, from Eikenbosch Organic Farm will be at The Wild Trading Store from 9am-1:30pm for our first ‘Meet The Farmer’ Saturday of 2009. Sample her range of delicious organic wines, along with the Wild range of cheeses and our new organic olives soaked in Moroccan dressing.

I think it’s an awesome way for town-dwellers to meet the people who’re growing their food… It’s not always easy to find time to head out to a farm, but with ‘Meet the Farmer’ Saturdays, Wild is providing an easy way for us to get a little bit closer to our food.

If you haven’t (yet) been to The Wild Trading Store – it’s definitely worth the visit. Every Saturday they sell a great selection of organic goodies, fresh and preserved, and there’s always something new and delicious on the menu every Saturday.

The Wild Trading Store is located at 34 Salisbury Street, cnr of Fairview Avenue, Woodstock, Cape Town. They’re open every Saturday from 9am to 1.30pm. For more info, call 021 448 8109


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